The Dutch Railways have received many dozens of letters from organizations representing the relatives of people who were transported by train to the camps during the Second World War. They report because they also want financial compensation.

A NS spokesperson reported this to on Monday. Among others relatives of resistance people and forced laborers who were transported to Germany have written the Dutch Railways.

The Dutch Railways (NS) announced in June that Jews, Roma and Sinti who were transported by trains from the transporter to extermination camps will receive an allowance of 15,000 euros. In total it would amount to a few tens of millions of euros.

Relatives of someone who has died on the way to a concentration camp or during transport to such a camp are entitled to a reimbursement of up to 7,500 euros.

"Subject makes a lot of difference"

Relatives of members of the resistance transported to camps do not, in principle, receive compensation, the NS said earlier, because in their case there was no question of genocide as a motive.

"It is understandable that this topic is stirring up a lot", says an NS spokesperson. A concrete appointment has already been made with the members of the resistance for an interview on 3 October. "We handle all letters. And we answer everyone. But we want to do that carefully. That will take some time."

NS had expected to receive many responses

The NS states that it took into account a large number of responses in advance. "It's a very sensitive subject," the spokesman explains. "If you set a limit, certainly on such a topic, there will always be a discussion about whether that was the right choice."

According to Het Parool, NIOD historian David Barnouw said on Sunday at a meeting of the Dutch Confederation of Interests for Persecution of Victims that the NS was not the only company that cooperated with the Germans during the war years. Moreover, NS has for a long time been contributing to, for example, Westerbork Memorial Camp and the Holocaust Museum, without giving it much publicity.

See also: Dutch Railways talking to relatives of Holocaust who are not receiving compensation


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